Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt holds a news conference this afternoon at which he is expected to announce his resignation. Roosevelt came to Pittsburgh in 2005 and last October signed a new five year contract with a base annual salary of $225,000.
The Post-Gazette is reporting that Roosevelt is likely to become the president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The paper says he is to meet with college officials next week but would likely remain on as Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent through the end of this year.
During his time in Pittsburgh, Roosevelt has dealt with declining enrollment and budget problems by initiating a restructuring of the district. 22 schools were closed. He also helped establish the Pittsburgh Promise college scholarship program for city public high school grads. Last year the district won av $40 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for teacher training.